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Blackmon, Hilliard, McMahon power Rockies past Royals 10-4

Colorado Rockies' Sam Hilliard gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Carlos Her...
Kansas City Royals' Bobby Witt Jr. runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Ashton Goudeau during the seventh ...
Colorado Rockies' Sam Hilliard is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher...
Colorado Rockies' Ryan McMahon watches his solo home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Ronald Bolanos during the seventh inning of a baseball ...
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Lucas Gilbreath works against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 14, 2022...
Kansas City Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez throws to first base for the out on Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon during the sixth inning of a base...
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, left, talks with starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez, who had given up an RBI double to Colorado Rockies' Bre...
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez during the third inni...
Colorado Rockies' Sam Hilliard watches his three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez during the third inning of a ba...
Colorado Rockies left fielder Sam Hilliard, center fielder Yonathan Daza and right fielder Charlie Blackmon, from left, celebrate the team's win over ...

Colorado Rockies' Sam Hilliard gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Carlos Her...

Kansas City Royals' Bobby Witt Jr. runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Ashton Goudeau during the seventh ...

Colorado Rockies' Sam Hilliard is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher...

Colorado Rockies' Ryan McMahon watches his solo home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Ronald Bolanos during the seventh inning of a baseball ...

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Lucas Gilbreath works against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 14, 2022...

Kansas City Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez throws to first base for the out on Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon during the sixth inning of a base...

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, left, talks with starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez, who had given up an RBI double to Colorado Rockies' Bre...

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez during the third inni...

Colorado Rockies' Sam Hilliard watches his three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez during the third inning of a ba...

Colorado Rockies left fielder Sam Hilliard, center fielder Yonathan Daza and right fielder Charlie Blackmon, from left, celebrate the team's win over ...

DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon, Sam Hilliard and Ryan McMahon hit home runs, Germán Márquez overcame one rough inning for his first victory this season and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game skid by beating the Kansas City Royals 10-4 on Saturday night.

Hilliard homered for the second time in as many games, hitting a three-run drive in Colorado’s four-run third and adding a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Brendan Rodgers had a pair of hits, including an RBI double.

“It’s huge for the team,” Hilliard said after the Rockies scored 10 runs for the second straight game, though they lost 14-10 to the Royals in the series opener Friday.

“It’s good to see the bats start going in back-to-back games at home," he added. "I think we’re looking forward to doing more of the same tomorrow."

Salvador Pérez hit a two-run homer in the third, the only frame in which the Royals scored off Márquez (1-3), who went six innings and allowed three runs and three hits. He struck out six and walked one. In his previous six starts, Márquez was 0-3 with a 6.47 ERA.

“He was frustrated and disappointed about what happened in his first five or six starts,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I think how he’s going now, that can be put behind him. Hopefully, we can see him reel off a few starts like tonight.”

Márquez said he has been working on his mechanics in recent weeks and is beginning to see some results.

“Everything was working today,” Márquez said. “I had fastball command, the breaking ball was good. I’ve been working a lot, man, through this month and today was good. I feel happy.”

Kansas City's Bobby Witt Jr. homered for the second time this season, a solo shot in the seventh off reliever Ashton Goudeau. Whit Merrifield had an RBI single while extending his team record by playing in his 500th consecutive game.

Royals starter Carlos Hernandez went four innings and allowed a career-high nine runs and eight hits in his first career appearance against the Rockies and his first at Coors Field.

Hernandez (0-3) walked the first batter he faced and Blackmon followed with a homer over the right-center field fence into the Rockies’ bullpen. Dom Nunez’s sacrifice fly in the second gave Colorado a 3-0 lead.

Kansas City evened it in the third before the Rockies broke through for four runs in the bottom of the inning on Hilliard’s homer and Jose Iglesias’ RBI single, going up 7-3.

MAJOR MILESTONE

Merrifield’s 500 consecutive games played is the longest active streak in the majors and the longest since Prince Fielder played in 547 straight from Sept. 14, 2010, to May 16, 2014.

“He just shows up and he’s ready to go,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said before the game. “He’s been blessed with good health, but a lot of that is him just taking care of himself really well, too.”

Cal Ripken Jr. holds the major league record, playing in 2,632 consecutive games.

UPWARD SWING

Hilliard had gone 0 for 18 over six previous games before homering on consecutive nights, including his first of the season in Friday’s loss to the Royals.

“The first homer of the year for me was a big sigh of relief, especially coming later in the year than they usually do for me,” Hilliard said. “It felt like a lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders after I hit that. It was only pressure I was putting on myself but it’s good to feel that relief. The key for me, even on the home runs, was just trying to keep it simple, regardless of how I’m doing. If I can stick with that approach and not ride the ups and downs, I’ll be in a good spot.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Kris Bryant, sidelined since April 26th by a lower back injury, took a full batting practice session before the game. There’s no timetable yet for his return, however.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Daniel Lynch (2-2, 4.01 ERA) is slated to start Sunday’s series finale against Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (2-3, 4.36 ERA).

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Updated : 2022-05-16 16:29 GMT+08:00